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Gems from the Koehnline: African-American Movie Posters

February 6 – March 21, 2014

Enraged by the portrayal of black people by white actors in make-up during the silent film era, African Americans began making their own movies. From the 1930s through the 1950s, the black movie industry continued to expand, its struggles and the triumphs echoing the nationwide Civil Rights Movement that culminated in the 1960s. Celebrate Black History Month with this special exhibit featuring a recently acquired collection of original posters from such films as Gun Moll (1938), Prison Bait (1939), House-Rent Party (1946), and Bright Road (1953).

Public Reception: Thursday, February 6, 5 - 8 p.m.

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Koehnline Museum of Art
Des Plaines campus


September - May
Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm
Sat, 11 am - 4 pm

June - August
Mon - Thu, 10 am - 7 pm

For special visits call:

Nathan Harpaz, Ph.D.
Manager and Curator